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On an Optical Paradox in Special Relativity

DOI: 10.4236/oalib.1101963, PP. 1-7

Subject Areas: Special Theory of Relativity

Keywords: Special Relativity Theory, Relativity of Simultaneity, Paradoxes

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Special Relativity Theory (SRT) is from time to time subject to critical assaults. There are several logically deduced discrepancies inherent in SRT (paradoxes) which demand a scrupulous examination. In this paper a new thought experiment, including two frames of reference is presented. Two trains are hurtling in opposite directions past one another in a symmetrical manner, but substantially asymmetrical events occur. This consideration leads to a contradiction in the notion of “relativity of simultaneity” — the basic tenet of SRT.

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Leus, V. A. (2015). On an Optical Paradox in Special Relativity. Open Access Library Journal, 2, e1963. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.4236/oalib.1101963.

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